The Corrosion Crisis in Flint, Michigan: A Call for Improvements in Technology Stewardship

Article
Author:Scully, John, Department of Materials Science and EngineeringUniversity of Virginia
Abstract:

The water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, vividly demonstrates that the current approach to technology stewardship in the face of problems that may lead to calamity is not working. Lessons often are tragically not learned or used during decision making.

A more proactive approach to technology stewardship, risk assessment, and public policy practice is recommended, drawing on lessons from previous experiences and supporting timely, data-driven decisions and actions by well-informed authorities. Without such cultural and behavioral change, there is the risk of repeating technological mistakes and encountering disasters again and again with enormous costs in public health and public trust and at great taxpayer expense (Koch et al. 2016).

This article suggests tools for anticipating and managing potential problems before they produce a calamity.

Keywords:
Flint, Michigan, water contamination, public policy
Rights:
All rights reserved (no additional license for public reuse)
Language:
English
Source Citation:

Scully, John. "The Corrosion Crisis in Flint, Michigan: A Call for Improvements in Technology Stewardship." The Bridge 46.2 (2016): 19-29.

Publisher:
National Academy of Engineering
Published Date:
2016